Celebrities Gather For Whitney Houston’s Funeral In New Jersey

Relatives and Friends of US pop music icon Whitney Houston are gathering for her funeral at her childhood church in Newark, New Jersey.

The New Hope Baptist Church is where a young Whitney Houston sang in a gospel choir run by her mother.

Houston’s body will be buried beside her father, John Russell Houston, at Fairview Cemetery in Westfield.

Some 1,500 invited guests will attend the private ceremony at the New Hope Baptist Church.

The guests will include some of the biggest names in show-business.

Stevie Wonder and Aretha Franklin will sing, while Kevin Costner, who starred opposite Houston in The Bodyguard, will be one of the speakers, as will Clive Davis, her musical mentor.

Her mother, Cissy Houston, and daughter Bobbi Kristina Brown were joined at the viewing by a host of relatives, including singer Dionne Warwick, Houston’s cousin. Her mentor, music executive Clive Davis, also was there.

There will also be contributions from Houston’s cousin Dionne Warwick and singer Alicia Keys.

Houston’s ex-husband Bobby Brown will also attend, with the couple’s only child Bobbi Kristina.

Security will be tight, with fans kept away, although the funeral will be broadcast live on the Internet and TV.

A number of Houston’s relatives attended a private viewing service at a Newark funeral home on Friday night amid tight security.

  1. Relf Zorich Reply

    I’m almost in surprise! I find it hard to imagine this…. RIP Whit. I’ll always ALWAYS love you.

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